New UQ Doctor of Medicine program to boost global profile
The four-year postgraduate-entry MD degree will replace the current four-year Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program.
UQ School of Medicine Head Professor Darrell Crawford said it was an exciting development that would greatly benefit the university’s medical students.
“The change to an MD will ensure the UQ medical program remains aligned with medical programs from other comparable research-intensive universities in Australia,” he said, adding that it will also provide a more easily recognizable qualification for their medical graduates.
“This is important because future graduates are likely to be much more globally mobile than past generations, and an MD degree will facilitate greater international employment opportunities for them.
“Equally important, the MD degree allows us the opportunity to refine our course with more emphasis on an understanding of research methodology and research outcomes. The enhanced research exposure will be an advantage for our graduates in an increasingly competitive healthcare arena,” Professor Crawford said.
Students will benefit from access to the research-rich environment that is provided by UQ Medical School, which is currently ranked 33rd in the world in medicine in the QS World University Subject Rankings.
The MD program requires a minimum of a three-year bachelor degree for entry, with provisional and graduate entry to be offered to domestic and international students.
About the UQ Medical School Program
Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD) commencing 2015
Location: Brisbane or Ipswich, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: UQ Medical School applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. OzTREKK recommends that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment.